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Expert book editing to help you get published

The skilled editing of will strengthen your prospects of a traditional book publishing deal. If you’re set on self-publishing, the UK-based editing here will improve your chances of delighting readers and earning five-star reviews.

I’m Lee Dickinson, chief editor, and I want to make your book the best it can be. I know you’ve worked hard on your manuscript, and I can assure you of the same dedication here as I strive to make the leading website to help authors achieve their publishing dreams.

As an advanced professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, I have excellent credentials. Added to that expertise is a history of helping writers like you, which you can see in the superb testimonials above. As those writers found, the proofreading, copy, line or developmental editing of fiction or non-fiction manuscripts here is a personal, expert service.

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Genres – book editing for most authors

Years of experience means I’ve edited books across many genres of fiction and non-fiction, including:

  • Self-help
  • Sport
  • Christian
  • Theology
  • Biography
  • Memoir
  • Philosophy
  • Travel
  • Music
  • Business
  • Action–adventure
  • Fantasy (epic, urban, contemporary)
  • Science fiction (dystopian, hard, soft)
  • Speculative
  • Thriller (supernatural, psychological, legal, political, espionage, military)
  • Mystery (general, police procedural, noir, paranormal)
  • Magic realism
  • Literary
  • Historical
  • New adult
  • Genre-mashers

Along with the chief editor, an extensive, experienced book editing network means, whatever your genre, it’s likely you can be paired with the ideal UK expert.

A skilled editor can support an author all the way to writing that’s ready for the book stores. For self-publishing novelists, the book editing here will ensure your words are pristine in a fierce market. Modern publishing has propelled writers from such humble starts to literary stardom. Let help you join them.

There are only 334 CIEP advanced professionals in the world, so you’re guaranteed the highest editing standards. Use the ‘Let’s work together’ button above or the Contact page link at the foot of this page. Let’s see if we can get you that book deal.

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About the chief book editor

I’m Lee Dickinson, chief editor and founder of and an advanced professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). I’m an experienced print and digital editor with a
30-year editing, writing and layout background at national, local and international publishers.

I’ve worked on hundreds of fiction and non-fiction manuscripts since completing the renowned CIEP fiction editing course. I complete or oversee all the book editing, so you’re assured of a personal service from me or a CIEP-accredited editor perfect for your genre. 

My CIEP page is one of the links at the foot of the page. I’m a writer too; you can read my blog by pressing the Blog button next to the CIEP one.

What does a book editor do?

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Prices – save hundreds of pounds


Spelling, punctuation, grammar, style and formatting are perfected. This is normally the last stage in the book editing process which involves checking the final ‘proofs’. Some types of editing overlap, and aspects of the copy editor and line editor’s job can be included.

£0.007 – £0.009 per word

Copy editing

A ‘micro’ look at everything including spelling, punctuation, grammar, succinctness and tense. Style guide consistency is also covered, along with comprehensive fact-checking and feedback notes on macro issues. It’s more intensive than proofreading.

£0.009 – £0.011 per word

These fees are a saving of up to £750 on the prices charged by the likes of PaperTrue, Scribendi and Proofers, based on a standard 50,000-word copy edit.

Manuscripts are assessed for the amount of work needed before a fair fee within the price ranges is set. You’ll receive an authorial brief confirming the price and setting out the full scope of the book editing.

Line editing

Line editing is the most thorough ‘micro’ edit, focusing on some of the big picture and all the details. This is a sentence-by-sentence examination including spelling, grammar, punctuation, succinctness, clarity, word choice, syntax, cause and effect, repetition, tense and the realism and rhythm of dialogue.

£0.011 – £0.013 per word

Developmental editing

The ultimate macro book edit. A big-picture analysis of everything, including characterisation, structure, story arc, psychic distance, point of view, voice, pacing and plot, studying the timelines, settings, language, world-building and any subplots. Includes a comprehensive editor’s report.

£0.018 – £0.022 per word

Manuscript assessment

This is a lower-cost alternative to developmental book editing, covering all the main elements of your novel in a 1,500 to 2,000-word editor evaluation. You won’t get a line-by-line check with margin commentary in the same way as the developmental analysis, making this a more focused, convenient appraisal highlighting areas for improvement and your novel’s strengths. This is suitable for fiction and memoirs up to 70,000 words. If your book’s longer than that, send a message to receive a fair price based on your word count.



Years of experience in book editing has given us a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of self-publishing. We now offer a complete hand-holding service for authors taking the self-publishing route. Done expertly, independent books offer an end product to rival even the biggest publishing houses – and you’ll get to keep all your profits. Click the button below if you’re interested in doing the work yourself; it links to a page based on our self-publishing pdf, which you can download. 

As you’ll see, it’s a complex journey involving everything from ISBNs and barcodes, indexing, copyright, legal deposits and metadata to websites, social media and promotion. For some, that’s a learning opportunity to relish, but for others, understandably, it’s scary.

We can help. If you want someone to take charge of every aspect of self-publishing your book, starting with the editing that’s our core skill, contact us for a bespoke quote.

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